A Librarian explores The Sims

Some people like to garden. Some like to cook,  Others meditate or take a nice bubble bath.  I like to design and control the lives of virtual people as they enjoy daily activities such as visiting the library or the local watering hole, The Shrieking Llama.

Yes, I’m talking about The Sims 4. 

It seems like I’m not the only one who enjoys ruining, I mean, ruling the lives of my virtual people.  From getting married to recreating sets of television shows, real life people are joining the world of Simmers.  ESPN is even investigating the game as part of eSports.  

The Sims allows players to design both the people (sims) and buildings in their world.  Some Simmers are all about CAS (Create A Sim).  They spend hours deciding the best hairstyle and selecting the right outfits.  Many players also seek out CC (Custom Content) game assets that are created entirely by players to make unique features, clothes, or furniture.  Other Simmers are all about the architecture.  They design everything from fantastical castles (Hogwarts, anyone?) to realistic corner shops - and then freely share their creations on the game's Gallery.

I spent an entire weekend making my own version of the Micanopy Branch Library for my sims to visit.  (Available on the Gallery.  Click on the "CC filter" and then search for "Micanopy".)

Micanopy Library building as made in the Sims 4 gameMicanopy Library building inside as made in the Sims 4 game









Have you designed any real life libraries or Alachua County locations for your sims?  If so tag us @alachualibrary


Want to get an idea about the Simmer community or learn about the latest challenges?

Check out some popular YouTubers:

James Turner 




Are you inspired to create your own video/computer game?  Learn more about game coding and everything from video games to computer games with your library.  


Looking for something new to play that isn't the Sims?

Cities: Skylines

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Stardew Valley

Two Point Hospital

My Time at Portia